Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich leaves Belarus

Nobel prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich, the last member of a galvanized opposition movement's leadership to remain free in Belarus, has fled the country over concern for her safety, dpa learned on Monday. The 72-year-old, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, is said to have left the country on a flight by Belarusian airline Belavia en route to Berlin.

At the same time her aide told Reuters that the departure is not linked to politics and the writer plans to return. Alexievich has travelled to Germany to receive medical treatment and for work reasons, her aide said.

Alexievich is a senior member of the Belarusian opposition Coordination Council that has been targeted by the authorities in Belarus amid mass protests against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko.


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